Thursday, September 29, 2011

Islam and Politics
29 Sep 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
A Sliver of Hope on Kashmir's Horizon

By Dileep Padgaonkar

What explains the change? The summer had passed peacefully. So did the Amarnath yatra. Most of the bunkers were dismantled. Tourists and pilgrims in unprecedented numbers had flocked to the state. Voter turnout in the panchayat elections was most impressive. The security forces had learnt to use non-lethal methods to control unruly crowds and initiated programmes to reach out to the people. All the same, peace in the Valley remains fragile. A single incident can spin everything out of control. The positive developments Kashmir has witnessed over the past 11 months cannot therefore be hailed as a trendsetter. Kashmiris, who have borne the brunt of the violence of the past two decades, seek a political settlement rooted in 'insaniyat' (humanity), 'insaf' (justice) and 'izzat' (honour). This is a perfectly legitimate demand. They must be persuaded that the national and state Constitutions are flexible enough to accommodate it.-- Dileep Padgaonkar

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